Finally got into Google Contributor today as both a user and publisher (for +Android Police
and +APK Mirror
), which I'm extremely excited about.
Here's a little preview of what it looks like when active.
I understand perfectly how it works (users pay $2-15 a month and essentially become bidders on AdSense, then outbid some ads with their own contributions, except instead of ads, they win essentially blank space), and while it's not exactly what I'd hoped for, there is no downside for us to have it on.
Unfortunately, it means users will definitely still see ads when their Contributor account doesn't outbid them, and they'll see ads that aren't powered by AdSense.
The cool part is you can assign to only spend your monthly contribution on certain sites, meaning you'll hopefully see even fewer ads on the sites you visit most.
Google says millions of sites are already active in the Contributor program. I'm not sure how many paying users they have though.
I'll be sharing a lot more details in the coming days. In the meantime, feast your eyes on Google Contributor in action and go put your name down on the waiting list if you want to participate in the future (https://www.google.com/contributor